Earlier this year, Google announced its plans to require all Nest users to use two-factor authentication when logging in. The feature was planned for the spring, and, sure enough, Google has now confirmed it will begin rolling out this month (via Engadget).
The measure applies to users who haven’t migrated to a Google account or set up two-factor authentication already. Once logging in to Nest, users will receive an e-mail from the company with a six-digit security code, which is required to login. If you prefer, you can set up two-factor authentication yourself, so that you can use your phone number, for example.
Google says it will let users know once the feature is available, so it looks like it’s not happening just yet, but if you don’t have access to your Nest account’s linked e-mail, or if you’d just prefer using your phone number, now is a good time to prepare for the change. Naturally, Google also suggests switching to a Google account “if it’s right for you”.
Two-factor authentication is considered increasingly important nowadays, as many users choose passwords that are easy to guess, aside from the fact that passwords can be leaked or obtained in other ways. Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security, and just last week we saw both Epic Games and Nintendo making a push for it on their respective services, with the latter having suffered a security incident involving Nintendo Network IDs.